A lot has been written and said about the Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell going into IPL 2021. His big-hitting abilities are known by cricket-lovers throughout the world, but it is his inconsistency with the bat than often overshadows his batting skills.
But just a few days away from the opening match against the defending champions Mumbai Indians, Maxwell believes that his performance will take care of itself during the tournament.
He also added that he would like to assist RCB skipper Virat Kohli with his leadership abilities and his experience of the game.
“I think my performances will take care of themselves. I want to have a positive influence of everything I do, be it attitude, helping out around the team, leadership wise helping out Virat when he needs it…
“I suppose with my experience, I think its my 22nd trip to India… so with that sort of experience you have got to help out the rest of the group,” Maxwell said in an interview posted by RCB on its YouTube channel.
RCB looking for its maiden IPL title, went big in the IPL Auctions this year and picked up Maxwell, despite the all-rounders’ poor show last season for Punjab Kings, for a whopping 14.25 crore.
The big-hitting Australian all-rounder managed only 108 runs in 13 matches for Punjab Kings last season. The 32-year-old did not hit a single six in the 13th edition which was played in the big grounds of UAE. He, however, said that he was looking forward to playing with legends of the game such as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
“It’s been a long time (dream of playing alongside Kohli and de Villiers). Obviously having known them very well off the field, played against them fair bit but finally I got to play in the same team,” Maxwell added.
Bio-bubbles feel like a never-ending nightmare, says Maxwell
Maxwell also added that it was tough on the players to switch from one bio-bubble to another and said that it felt like a ‘never-ending nightmare’.
“It’s very difficult (to move from one bubble to other)…you being sheltered from people outside your bio-secure bubble and you get stuck into this never-ending nightmare where you are living the same day over and over again.
“You almost tend to forget how to have a normal conversation with the outside world. That can be very hard mentally and is a massive challenge. But it’s great to be back playing and to be able to do our jobs and entertain people. But it’s still a difficult lifestyle at the moment,” he added.